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Anthony Bourdain Kicks Some Serious Sass in Dallas

Anthony Bourdain on stage at the Majestic Theater in Dallas. (photo by Elizabeth Lavin)

Last night, Anthony Bourdain fans packed the Majestic Theater. Baseball be damned, the worshipers of All-Things-Anthony showed up to lay themselves at the cowboy-booted feet of their hero.

Tony walked onto the stage at 8:10 and greeted the audience: “I am a whore. I am in every way compromised, jaded, bought and paid for, including my nice f—ing jacket.”

For the next hour and 45 minutes, the crowd hung on his every word. He was loose, casual, at ease, good-natured, straight forward, no bull. He was exactly the guy you see on TV, except, in person, you could see just how fine he wears boot-cut jeans.

After the show, we got to hang out with Tony and watch him sign books and greet his fans. Hundreds of folks bought books and stood in line to get his autograph. He walked into the VIP room and he very calmly said, “Look, I’m here and I’m not leaving until every book is signed, every picture is taken. I’m not in a hurry, so grab some food, have a drink, relax.”

I plan to write a longer report, but my day job calls. In the meantime, I’ll post the pictures that Tony most graciously allowed our photographer, Elizabeth Lavin, to shoot. Oh, and John “Jimmy Sears” Tesar was there. I mean everywhere. If you notice him in every shot, it is because he tried to get in every shot. At one point I thought he was going to start signing copies of Bourdain’s Medium Raw. He could have. That’s how he serves his burgers.

On to the show.

Bory Taft, Leena Varehese, Kim Chang Chung Lee. (photo by Elizabeth Lavin)
The Tony, The Tesar, The Brad. (photo by Elizabeth Lavin)
Linda Tucker scores a photo op. (photo by Elizabeth Lavin)
Bethlehem? No, the VIP room at The Majestic Theater after Anthony Bourdain's show. (Photo by ELizabeth Lavin)
Tesar hogs the spotlight. (photo by Elizabeth Lavin)
A Bourdain. A beer. A book. (photo by Elizabeth Lavin)
Nobody went home hungry. (photo by Elizabeth Lavin)

13 comments on “Anthony Bourdain Kicks Some Serious Sass in Dallas

  1. That’s an impressive turn out considering it was World Series night. I hope I used that phrase correctly. I’m not exactly a baseball fan.

  2. fun fun night. well, until all the idiot questions. had to duck out when the stroking began

  3. More pictures please. I was to see more pictures! Wish I was there. Tony is the best.

  4. “He was loose, casual, at ease, good-natured, straight forward, no bull.”…

    to the contrary, I found it full of schtick, and completely rehearsed. No doubt, I didn’t expect an oscar-performance from a chef/writer but everything in this “show” was previously quoted, published, filmed.

    As a fan (still a fan), I was completely disappointed, and was looking for something beyond the books, beyond the show. I could’ve watched a highlight reel from the show and an interview and gleaned the same.

    Would’ve rather spent the $150+ on buying him a beer and chatting for 2 minutes.

  5. We were up in the cheap seats and enjoyed our evening very much, as Tony was amiable and interesting and profane and funny, while clearly not necessarily enjoying a structured format. I thought he was at his best and most natural when Our big issue was with the late-comers, the beer-getters, the crowd-minglers that were either there because someone gave them tickets or simply to be seen at an interesting event although they had no actual interest. Come on, Dallas!

  6. It was really good event. Much less sugar-coated than the TV show. Lots of humor, but some insightful thoughts as well.

  7. @David – That’s exactly what most events in Dallas are! The same thing at Mavericks and Cowboys games, concerts, etc. People apparently have no qualms about spending hundreds of $$$ to “see” something, and the proceed to spend the whole evening not paying one iota of attention to what they have paid to see.